I may have said this before, but I ♥ Riley Blake Designs. Recently voted the 2011 FabShop Rising Star, the folks at Riley Blake and their incredible team of designers are making a difference in the quilting world. Their company sponsored the 2011 Home Machine Quilting Show Design Challenge, supplying this year's fabric, "Isabella", designed by Lila Tueller.
23 teams participated in the challenge, including "The Midnight Quilters" ~ consisting of my friends Debbie and Tricia and myself. At the awards night we sat in giddy surprise, seeing our quilt and hearing our names called as the first place winners! A-MAZING!! We giggled all the way to the podium!
The Midnight Quilters: Debra Proctor, Deonn Stott, Tricia Mathis
- with Collette @ Riley Blake Designs
At the end of the week, all the quilts in the challenge were sold at auction for the charity "Lifting Liberia" to help build schools in Africa. The auction brought in nearly $4,500. And even more amazing--our little quilt raised $850 for the cause, sold to a happy woman from Idaho. Boy, do I love quilting--everyone wins!!
HMQS 2011 RILEY BLAKE DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNERS
Quilters around the world are talking about it HERE.
I've included this quilt in the 2011 Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival going on right now - be sure to pull up a comfy chair and visit this incredible online quilt show with hundreds of beautiful quilts and stories!